Posted by JenniferG | Posted in Blog Review | Posted on 18-06-2013
At Make:, it’s up to users to fill in the blank after the colon. However, for DIY newbies, there’s plenty of direction to get started. People can do almost anything for themselves with the right tools, ambition and direction. With all the DIY websites available, Make: makes things simple and features projects that aren’t just easy, but have stunning results. To get started, consider the hot topics like arduino, 3D printing, raspberry pi or maker pro.
The layout of Make: is beautiful and user-friendly. The nav bar features the blog, magazine, projects, reviews and a place to shop. There are plenty of photos and videos to get started, and it’s clearly that the people behind Make: subscribe to the latest email marketing tactics–which benefits the user. What makes Make: so special?
LEGO Binary Clock: Easy
For those who relate all too well to the cast of “The Big Bang Theory,” this LEGO binary clock is essential. It doesn’t require many tools, and the video instructional guide is a breeze. The genius behind this clock also offers up an M&M sorter and beer opening machine, and now fans can check the time in between their candy and beer chugging fests.
The LEGO clock is just one example of an easy DIY project on Make: Everything is clearly labeled easy, moderate or difficult and there’s an estimated time to completion so people can plan their projects well. Sort by easy tasks, and there are many that are kid-friendly, too. The easier the task, the less time necessary.
The Flying iPhone: Moderate
Apple users might not realize that their iPhone can collect data while whizzing through the air. This self-made rocket is considered a moderate project and it keeps the smartphone safe. Don’t worry–there’s a parachute for safety and the video instruction makes putting together this experiment not too difficult. However, just to be safe, people may want to start with an old backup phone.
Moderate activities can also be family friendly. Some of the projects are for sheer curiosity, such as the rocketing iPhone, while others can truly make lives better.
Tesla Coil: Difficult
Can’t afford a Tesla? Anyone can afford to make the six-pack Tesla coil because it’s virtually a lightning storm indoors. It’s also a great teaching tool, and utilizes the same technology as Tesla does to make electric cars. However, it’s rated as difficult, so people may want to start with easier projects.
Make: also sells kits to make projects even easier. There’s no rushing out to the store for supplies. Check out the reviews and rating systems before starting any project, and rest assured there’s always plenty of help available from fellow DIYers. Make: is more than a site for DIY, it’s a community.